Dubbing The Horrors as an indie rock band always seems to be the sloppy effort of an ignorant listener when really, the Southend five-piece are a rich blend of genres ranging from dream pop to post punk and shoegaze. Their latest release Luminous is most probably the greatest balance of all these with a selection of mushy vocals floating delicately on the surface of dynamic instrumentation.
The album opens with ‘Chasing Shadows’, drawing the listener in with an epically eerie tone of synths that continually builds up to an almost tropical sounding melody that lends the feeling of spending a summer evening in a rainforest. Throughout the album there is a dreamy haze of guitars combined with the smooth melodic drone of Faris Badwan’s vocals, echoing throughout the verse. Though deep in tone, Badwan’s voice maintains a delicate nature creating a soothingly mystical air to the appropriately named album.
Contrasting to this mellow tone in some songs are computer game and 80s synth vibes, mixed with delicious reverbs and elevating beats. This is particularly noted in ‘I See You’ that draws on a much more energetic mystical air, resulting in the feeling of floating through a fantasy world. The last minute of this track is a naughty little tease of a build up that leads up to an abrupt end before continuing onto the next song full of promiscuous and tempting tones.
Also featured in the collection of different ambiances is an aggressive intro that doesn’t mess around and a bass line so think it’s impossible to ignore in ‘Jealous Son’ as well as a guitar with a blues kick featured in following track ‘Falling Star’.
Luminous is abundant with songs that will leave your body in an array of transcendent sensations, each element at its utmost peak.